Best Ways to Earn Marriott Points


Earning Marriott Points With Hotel Stays

The customizable chart below will show you the value of points you will receive in return for your hotel stay. Click on the light blue squares to customize and the status levels to sort from high to low. If you want to compare all of the hotel programs, we have a comparison chart

Earn Rate: 

  • 10 points per dollar or 2 airline points on qualifying charges: Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, Edition, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, JW Marriott, Marriott, Sheraton, Marriott Vacation Club, Delta Hotels, Le Meriden, Westin, Autograph Collection, Design Hotels, Renaissance, Tribute, Gaylord, Courtyard, Four Points, Springhill Suites, Protea, Fairfield, AC Hotels, Aloft, and Moxy.
  • 5 points per dollar or 1 airline points on qualifying charges: Residence Inn, Element, TownePlace Suites.
  • 2.5 Points per dollar on room rate– Marriott Executive Apartments and Execustay. (Also only one elite night credit for every three nights)

Qualifying Charges- The room rate and other incidentals that can be charged to your room, such as dining or the spa. 

Non-Qualifying Charges- taxes, gift certificate purchases, banquet, catering, and group master billed charges. 

Multiple Rooms- You can earn points for a maximum of three rooms, but you need to personally stay in one room. 

Promotions- Be sure to check Marriott’s current promotions


Chase Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

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  • Target Bonus: 100,000 Marriott Points
  • Current Bonus: 100,000 Marriott Points
  • Subject to the Chase 5/24 Rule

Annual Fee: $95

Earning Marriott Points

  • 6x at Marriott and SPG hotels
  • 2x on all other purchases

Chase Bonvoy Boundless Card Benefits

  • Free night each account anniversary (up to 35,000 points hotels)
  • Silver Elite Status
  • 15 Elite night credits starting in 2019
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Lost luggage reimbursement
  • 12-hour trip delay insurance
  • Secondary rental car insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • 120-day purchase protection

Chase Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card


American Express Bonvoy Business Credit Card

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  • Target Bonus: 100,000 Marriott Points
  • Current Bonus: 100,000 Marriott Points

Annual Fee: $125 (but if you sign up before 3/28/19, there is a $0 intro annual fee and $95 thereafter)

Earning Marriott Bonvoy Points

  • 6x points at Marriott properties
  • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points everywhere else

Marriott Business Card Benefits

  • One free hotel night on each anniversary for hotels less than 35,000 points.
  • Marriott Silver Elite status
  • 15 Elite night credits (You cannot combine this with other Marriott elite night credits from other cards)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Premium Wi-fi at Marriott properties
  • Boingo Wi-fi access 

Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Credit Card


American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Credit Card

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  • Current Bonus: 100,000 Marriott points
  • Target Bonus: 100,000 Marriott points

Annual Fee: $450 

Earning Marriott Points

  • 6x points at Marriott properties
  • 3x points at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2x points everywhere else

Marriott Brillant Card Benefits

  • $300 in statement credits from eligible purchases at Marriott properties. 
  • One free night each year on card anniversary at hotels under 50,000 points
  • Marriott Gold Elite status
  • Priority Pass Select with up to two guests
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit
  • Premium internet at Marriott properties
  • No Foreign Transactions
  • Premium Roadside Assistance (up to 4 times per year)
  • Secondary Rental Car insurance
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Baggage Insurance
  • Extended Warranty
  • 90-day Return Protection
  • 120-day Purchase Protection

American Express marriott bonvoy brilliant credit card


Chase and American Express Bonus Rules for Marriott and SPG Cards

Chase, American Express, and Marriott teamed up to limit the sign-up bonuses of Marriott and SPG credit cards. Below is a chart to determine if you are eligible for a sign-up bonus. 

Current/Past Cards vs. New Cards You WantSPG ($95)SPG Business ($95)SPG Luxury ($450)Marriott Premier Plus ($95)Marriott Premier/Premier Plus Business ($99)
SPG ($95)Lifetime RuleEligibleEligibleWait 30 daysWait 30 days
SPG Business ($95)EligibleLifetime RuleEligible90 days/24 months90 days/24 months
SPG Luxury ($450) EligibleEligibleLifetime Rule90 days/24 months90 days/24 months
Marriott Rewards Premier ($85)Wait 30 Days90 days/24 months90 days/24 monthsWait 24 monthsEligible
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus ($95)Wait 30 days90 days/24 months90 days/24 monthsWait 24 monthsEligible
Marriott Rewards ($45)Wait 30 daysEligibleEligibleEligibleEligible
Marriott Rewards Premier Business ($99)EligibleWait 30 Days90 days/24 monthsEligibleWait 24 months
Marriott Rewards Business ($45)EligibleWait 30 daysEligibleEligibleEligible
Ritz ($450)Wait 30 DaysEligibleWait 30 daysEligibleEligible

Eligible= You are eligible for a sign-up bonus. 

Lifetime Rule= You are ineligible for a bonus during your lifetime, but in reality, that’s about 7 years.

Wait 30 Days= You need to wait 30 days from canceling or product changing the card that you have or previously had.

24 Months= You need to wait 24 months from receiving a sign-up bonus and must no longer have the card.

90 days/24 months=  If you currently have this card, you need to wait 90 days from approval plus 24 months since a receiving a sign-up or upgrade bonus, to receive the sign-up bonus on the other card. 


Other Ways to Earn Marriott Points

Transfer Partners- You can transfer 1 to 1 from American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, but I would avoid it. You can also transfer Diner Club Rewards at a rate of 1,250 to 1,500 Marriott points.

Referring Friends- You can refer up to five friends per year to sign up for a Marriott account and earn 2,000 points for each of their stays up to 5 stays (50,000 bonus points maximum). They also earn an extra 2,000 points after their first five stays. 

Transferring Between Accounts- Marriott members can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 points per calendar year between any two accounts in good standing that have been opened for at least 60 days. 

Meetings and Events- You earn 2 points per dollar on eligible room, food, beverages, and audio/visual charges for a total of up to 60,000 Marriott Rewards Points for each event. Platinum Premier Elite members can earn a maximum of 105,000 points per event.